okoinfoIrked by contradictory statements attributed to government officials, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said it is only the Ministry of Information that is the official organ for the dissemination of government information.

The governor, who took a swipe at those who issue contradictory information from government emphasized, “the Ministry of Information is the officially designated organ of managing and disseminating government information; it is supposed to be the clearing house for all government information.”

Governor Okowa made the clarification in an address he delivered at the 46th meeting of the National Council on Information held in Asaba, Delta State, recently.

He bemoaned situation where government officials dish out contradictory information, disclosing, “we have seen situations where heads of other ministries and political appointees made public pronouncements that contradicted the official government policy leading to confusion in the minds of the public and loss of confidence in government’s information machinery.”

“I believe the Ministries of Information should serve as sensors of stakeholder and public opinion on and about the policies, programmes and performance of the government through periodic perception audits.

“The intelligence gathered is very useful in ascertaining the impact and acceptability of government policies and programmes, as well as helping to gauge the public mood, and their perception of the government or governor,” Dr. Okowa asserted.

Nigeria’s Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, during the meeting said, “information managers have to be at the forefront of reshaping our country to the time-tested values of old.”

Twenty nine Commissioners of Information and their Permanent Secretaries, including key functionaries in the information sector in the country, attended the meeting which lasted for three days.






Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.